Moscow Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International Celebrates Russia Day

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Events Celebrating National Holiday of the Russian Federation 

CHICAGO (May 28, 2013) – Russia Day, which is celebrated on June 12 and commemorates the day when the Russian Parliament formally declared sovereignty over Russia in 1990, stands as a day of pride for the Russian people and as a reminder of the great contributions of Russia’s cultural heritage.

Chairs Aleksandra Efimova and Prince Piotr Galitzine of the Moscow Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI), in partnership with the US-Russia Chamber of Commerce, present the Third Annual Russia Day Gala on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 6 p.m. at Chicago’s historic Drake Hotel (140 W. Walton Street) in the Gold Coast Ballroom. Tickets are $250 per person and are available for purchase online at, by email at or by phone at 312.332.7200.

The black tie gala will honor His Excellency Sergey I. Kislyak, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States. The festivities will include an elegant sit-down dinner, as well as official speeches from Russian and American dignitaries—including from Ambassador Kislyak—and a cultural program featuring opera, ballet and choir performances.

“As the Chair of the Moscow Committee, I am proud to be part of this wonderful event, which is the only official celebration of Russia Day in the United States,” said Chair of the Moscow Committee of CSCI Aleksandra Efimova. “I hope this event continues to inspire pride in the Russian-American community and helps to build bridges between the United States and Russia.”

In connection with the 3rd Annual Russia Day Gala, the Moscow Committee of CSCI is also presenting the 3rd Annual Russian-American Business Forum on Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 11:30 am–2 pm.

The Russian-American Business Forum is one of the premier business-to-business events for information and networking with Chicagoland’s Russian community. Ambassador Kislyak will serve as the keynote speaker. Other speakers will include Mikhail Kalugin, Head of the Economic Department of the Russian Embassy; Rinat M. Dosmukhamedov, Russian Trade Representative in the United States and Minister Counselor; and Piotr Galitzine, chairman of TMK IPSCO.

“Last year’s event drew an eclectic group of entrepreneurs, executives and governments with business or personal ties to Russia,” said Chair of the Moscow Committee of CSCI Prince Piotr Galitzine. “The event honors Russia’s national holiday, which is celebrated on June 12 to commemorate the Russian Parliament’s formal declaration of sovereignty in 1990.”

The Russian-American Business Forum is limited to sponsors only; for sponsorship opportunities for both the Russia Day Gala and the Russian-American Business Forum, contact Aleksandra Efimova at or 312.332.7200, ext. 777.

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Chicago Sister Cities International

Chicago Sister Cities International provides leadership to develop, manage and coordinate comprehensive programs and projects with Chicago’s sister cities. It aims to increase international trade, promote economic development and support exchanges in the fields of arts and culture, education, health, social services, environment and technology with its sister cities for the benefit of the City of Chicago, its residents and businesses.

Chicago’s 28 sister cities include: Accra, Ghana (1989); Amman, Jordan (2004); Athens, Greece (1997); Belgrade, Serbia (2005); Birmingham, United Kingdom (1993); Bogota, Colombia (2009); Busan, Republic of Korea (2007); Casablanca, Morocco (1982); Delhi, India (2001); Durban, South Africa (1997); Galway, Ireland (1997); Gothenburg, Sweden (1987); Hamburg, Germany (1994); Kyiv, Ukraine (1991); Lahore, Pakistan (2007); Lucerne, Switzerland (1998); Mexico City, Mexico (1991); Milan, Italy (1973); Moscow, Russia (1997); Osaka, Japan (1973); Paris, France (1996); Petach Tikva, Israel (1994); Prague, Czech Republic (1990); Shanghai, China (1985); Shenyang, China (1985); Toronto, Canada (1991); Vilnius, Lithuania (1993); and Warsaw, Poland (1960).

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